As the Golden State Warriors continue to chase the 1995-1995 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 regular season wins, games against teams like the Los Angeles Lakers are supposed to be cakewalks. Unfortunately for Golden State, that proved to be far from the case Sunday afternoon.
In what is widely being considered the biggest upset in a regular season game in NBA history, the Lakers knocked off the Warriors 112-95 in front of a raucous Staples Center crowd. Heading into the game, the Lakers (12-51, .190) and Warriors (55-5, .917) provided the biggest difference in win percentage for a victorious underdog in NBA history.
The Warriors looked out of sorts all afternoon en route to their sixth defeat of the season. “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson went a combined 1-for-18 from beyond the arc, and a total of 13-for-40 in total. Draymond Green had 9 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for Golden State, but committed an uncharacteristic 7 turnovers.
For as poorly as the Warriors played, plenty of credit has to be given to the Lakers. Los Angeles managed to force Golden State into 20 turnovers, and took the most explosive offense in the league out of its rhythm. The Lakers blitzed Curry on pick-and-rolls, and the Baby-Faced Assassin was unable to make them pay.
In his final game against the Warriors, Kobe had 12 points in 24 minutes, spending the majority of the second half cheering on his teammates. The Lakers’ young backcourt of D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson outplayed their vaunted opposition, combining for 46 points while going 16-for-35 from the field. Off the bench, point guard Marcelo Huertas was huge for the Lakers, scoring 10 points while handing out 9 assists in 27 minutes of action.
For the first time this season, it’s a good day to be a Laker fan.